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A Local's Guide to Visiting Barbados
Where to go? What to see? How to get there? I am going to share as much as I can so that you will be able to come and enjoy your vacation (or business trip) in Barbados and want to return again and again.
CREDIT WHERE IT'S DUE: Totally Barbados has received World Travel Awards for a number of years, and is recognised as a complete guide to everything wonderfully Barbadian. However, I can assure you that I am giving you a little different spin on things and will try to influence you with my own little biases. Trust me, it's all good and to your benefit!!
So much to see...
Barbados is a coral stone island with gently rolling hills in its more rural areas and a few fairly steep ones as you approach the more rugged East coast. The highest point is about 1,115ft high and total area is approximately 166 sq miles.
The marine life enhances the wonderful snorkeling and diving available here. There are some tours and catamaran cruises which will allow you to have a swim break where you can actually go swimming with the turtles.
Whether you are renting a vehicle, bicycling, horse back riding, hiking or on a guided day tour, you are sure to enjoy the fresh air and beautiful surroundings with so many new and interesting things to see.
I recommend any (or all) of these island tours:
& You won't want to miss tours of these wonderful attractions:
There truly is something delightful for everyone to see in beautiful Barbados!
Barbadian Maps/Guides on Amazon
Whether you are on a budget or want luxurious accomodation.
Decide whether you want to stay on the ocean front, or if mere proximity to the beach is your goal. If you enjoy and want to be close to the busy nightlife you may prefer to stay on the South coast.
Rent A Vehicle
Get out on your own to explore Barbados at your own pace - Rent A Car! In Barbados, we drive on the left side of the road. On presentation of your own valid driver's license you will be required to pay BBD $10.00 for a driver's permit which is valid for 1 year.
There are 3 types of buses which run regularly throughout the island, 2 of which are privately owned. These are the "ZR" vans, which are white with a maroon stripe, and the minibuses which are yellow with a blue stripe. The government owned Transport Board buses are blue with a yellow stripe. All bus fares are BBD $2.00.
Use a taxi service.
Go out in style - Hire a limousine!
Sun Sea & Sand!
It's time to enjoy our glorious, white sand beaches !!
Don't forget your sunblock :o)
The spectacular East and South coast beaches are quite popular for surfing. Are you interested in diving and snorkeling? Or maybe you just want to relax, sunbathe, swim or go for a ride on a jet ski or in a glass bottom boat, you can do all of this at the Boatyard and several other West coast locations.
There are lifeguards on some of our beaches. Look out for any warning flags posted by the lifeguards as they will be monitoring the currents, and be aware of any dangers in the area.
The national sport of Barbados is cricket lovely cricket! If you're not a fan, have no fear, there is so much more to do here.
The summer heats up with our carnival, called Crop Over, which culminates with Grand Kadooment on the first Monday in August.
Here is an up to date local events calendar. There are Jazz & Reggae festivals. With a Celtic Festival, (Field) Hockey festival, and local Independence celebrations ... the list goes on and on - there is always something to do!
Keep your strength up:
What's your pleasure?? If you are in the mood for Chinese, Indian (East & West), or Italian; from fast food to Sushi, you can find it here.
Keep up with all your favourite sporting events at Bubba's Sports Bar.
Try our local fast food chain Chefette (with 14 locations islandwide).
Enjoy a fantastic Dinner show (Monday and Wednesday only), at Harbour Lights.
Find a complete listing of the islands' restaurants, along with some menu pages, in the Barbados Yellow Pages.
Me on the first Sunday evening of 2016
Oh What A Night!!
The best places to enjoy nightlife in Barbados are typically on the South Coast, particularly in the St Lawrence Gap which features The Old Jamm Inn, and a number of other fine establishments, where you will be entertained by DJs and/or live performances by top local bands. Harbour Lights is the longest standing and most popular nightclub on the island. However, Red Door Lounge in 2nd Street is definitely making an impact on Barbadian nightlife on the West Coast.
Embracing nightlife in the Caribbean!
Don't leave empty handed! If you're looking for jewelry, perfume, clothing, accessories, a gift for a friend, or souvenirs you can find great bargains with duty free shopping at many locations islandwide. Shop online or find out about where to shop and what's available here.
Check out this cool video about going to Barbados.
Thinking of buying a property In Barbados?
Owning a piece of the rock...
It's a great time to invest in property here as the opportunities for deals is always "limited". Here's a comprehensive list of Properties in Barbados that are availabe for sale. A number of active developers in recent years have maintained a level of commitment to provide homes to suit all budgets. So whether you're seeking a modest 3 bedroom family home, studio apartment, townhouse, luxury apartment or villa the main factor you will need to consider is location.
I was a broker in the business myself until last year at Altman Real Estate. Most of my clients were looking to buy properties as vacation homes which they could rent out short term to help with running costs. Several excellent properties exist on or within walking distance of the beach - these usually have higher occupancy rates which improve your ROI (return on investment).
The real estate market in Barbados is very much alive. Those who need to sell will do a deal while those who can afford to hold on to their properties for a while still are seeing good rental returns once their properties are well maintained, managed and staffed. The majority of buyers are young local professionals while foreign investors mainly come from the UK and Canada.
There are no restrictions to non-residents buying. Barbados has a distinctive clientele, and while it is generally considered that the island is safe, I highly recommend that non-resident clients purchase in a resort or gated community especially if they want to achieve high rental yields. Renting self catering style properties is extremely appealing to most holiday makers these days and the amenities will at the least usually include a pool which is great for cooling off, because even if you have managed to purchase something on or near the beach, paying guests will choose accommodation with a pool more often than not.
An option you can try before you buy: Ocean Two Resort & Residences
General Information, Business Facilities & Special Events
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Currency BBD $1.98 = USD $1.00
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